05/25/2006 11:00PM

My Miss Storm Cat is fastest


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The speedball My Miss Storm Cat falls into a category that is easy to overlook - filly-mare sprinters. Does anyone really care?

They should, because lightly raced can put on a show. The dazzling 4-year-old filly re-emerges Sunday at Hollywood Park in the $65,000 Desert Stormer Handicap. Six entered the six-furlong stakes; 3-for-5 My Miss Storm Cat stands out.

"Now that it stopped raining, she's doing really well," trainer Bob Baffert said.

Beset by quarter cracks, My Miss Storm Cat raced only twice this winter at Santa Anita. When the weather turned dry, Baffert turned up the heat. The filly trains fast, and runs likewise.

My Miss Storm Cat is the only Desert Stormer entrant that has earned a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure, and she has done it twice. The Beyer par for the non-graded Desert Stormer, which previously was a Grade 3, is 104. My Miss Storm Cat is owned by Ed Friendly.

Victor Espinoza rides My Miss Storm Cat, who has not raced since a second-condition allowance romp March 26. In that race, My Miss Storm Cat raced in second position, blew past the pacesetter into the lane, and drew off by five lengths in 1:08.33.

is the 120-pound Desert Stormer highweight and the one to catch under Pat Valenzuela. Trainer Doug O'Neill claimed Maryfield for $50,000 off a fourth-place turf route Jan. 16, returned her to dirt sprints, and the mare responded by winning 2 of 3 since the claim. She set a fast pace and tired to third in her most recent start April 7.

is the best finisher. She won first- and second-level allowance races April 28 and May 11, and has won 6 of 40 overall. Although Da Svedonya has earned $217,407 since she was claimed last fall for $16,000, she falls short on speed. Her best Beyer Figure on a fast track is 94.

The Desert Stormer longshots are Allswellthatnswell, Vino Tinto, and Nossa Cancao. It goes as race 8 on the nine-race card.

After the Desert Stormer, My Miss Storm Cat will try to emulate Baffert-trained stablemates Behaving Badly (Santa Monica Handicap) and Pussycat Doll (Humana Distaff) by winning a Grade 1 filly-mare sprint.

Although the Desert Stormer is a prep for the Grade 2 A Gleam for filly-mare sprinters July 1 at Hollywood, Baffert said My Miss Storm Cat may ship to Calder for the Grade 1, $500,000 Princess Rooney at six furlongs on July 15 instead. Behaving Badly would aim for the A Gleam.